The Mets officially announced the signing of Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year, $75 million deal on Wednesday and CEO Jeff Wilpon acknowledged that the reason the star outfielder wanted to stay with the Amazin’s is the successful winning culture they built in Queens.
"We're a destination where players want to be, I think is the biggest testament," Wilpon noted.
For the first time since the 2006 season, the Mets hit the 90-win mark in the regular season and won their first NL Pennant since 2000. It was a landmark year for New York, but despite all of the hoopla and excitement surrounding the squad, there’s a sense of unfinished business heading into the 2016 campaign.
The Cespedes signing shows a commitment from ownership to put its money where its mouth is and get the Mets back to the Fall Classic.
The notion of Cespedes playing in Washington alongside Daniel Murphy was almost too much for some Mets fans to bare this offseason and Sandy Alderson was able to draw up a creative solution to keep the Cuban-born star in Flushing.
"I think perhaps superficially," Alderson said of whether he was surprised that a deal was consummated. "But ... I think if you look at it, it's mutually beneficial. There's no question this all rests on the fact Yoenis wanted to come back to New York."
Cespedes has an opt-out clause in his contract following the season, but it’s evident that he gravitated toward the fan base in the Big Apple and saw the opportunity to capitalize on the marketability and media coverage in the City that Never Sleeps.
It’s uncertain what the future holds for Cespedes beyond 2016, but it’s hard to deny that both sides are pleased with the current deal and ready to let the chips fall where they may next offseason.